Illini junior lineman Liuget headed for NFL draft -

Illini junior lineman Liuget headed for NFL draft

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois defensive lineman Corey Liuget will skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft.  

The university said in a news release Wednesday that the tackle has decided to join linebacker Martez Wilson and running back Mikel Leshoure in leaving Illinois a year early.  

Liuget is considered a potential first-round pick in the April draft.  

In a statement, Liuget thanked his coaches, teammates and fans for their support.  

Head coach Ron Zook said Liuget emerged as the anchor of the Illini defensive line in 2010.  

Liuget was a second-team All Big Ten pick in 2010, who had 4.5 sacks and 63 tackles.  

The 6-3, 300-pound Liuget is from Miami.  

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